While taking questions following his joint press conference with British Prime Minister Theresa May, President Donald Trump used “fake news” as an excuse to to dismiss recorded comments he made to a reporter for the UK’s Sun magazine.
“You seem rather to have changed your tune from what you said earlier this week, when you said that on the current Brexit plan, that would probably kill the possibility of a trade deal with the UK,” BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg remarked. “Our countries are meant to have a special relationship, yet you publicly criticized the prime minister’s policy and her personally for not listening to you this week.”
“Is that really the behavior of a friend and, prime minister, isn’t the problem for you that some of the things Mr. Trump has said about your Brexit plan, are right,” she continued, directing her comments towards Prime Minister May. “It will limit the possibilities of doing trade deals easily in the future.”
Without waiting for May to answer the question posed to her, Trump jumped in.
“I didn’t criticize the prime minister,” the president responded. “I have a lot of respect for the prime minister. And unfortunately, that was a story that was done which was, you know, generally fine, but it didn’t put in what I said about the prime minister — and I said tremendous things.”
“And fortunately, we tend to record stories now, so we have it for your enjoyment if you’d like it, but we record when we deal with reporters,” he continued. “It’s called fake news. We solve a lot of problems with the good old recording instrument.”
The interview Trump and the BBC editor were referencing took place earlier in the week, was recorded, and had the president on record saying newly-resigned Boris Johnson — May’s erstwhile political rival — would make “a great prime minister.” Trump also said the prime minister “wrecked” Brexit after he told her how to do it, and again attacked London Mayor Sadiq Khan and Europe generally for allowing migrants and “terrorists” into their borders.
Watch below, via MSNBC:
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